In May 2013 a group of interested parties from Reading’s arts and business communities met to discuss the need for performance and exhibition space in the centre of Reading. 

From this initial meeting an Executive was formed to find a suitable location for a new Theatre and Arts venue in Reading, establish the capacity, use and viability of a new venue and to secure funding to enable the project to develop.

Executive Group members are listed here. Former directors are Andy Murrill and Andrew Cumpsty

Melvin Benn

Chairman. CEO of Festival Republic, which runs Reading (and Leeds) Festival and chairman of Wembley Stadium.

Trish Steinhardt

Director 30 years' of experience working in the arts sector, with a focus on start-ups and community involvement.

Toby Davies

Director Company director of Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL) and Reading resident.

Tim Burrage

Director. Local business angel investor and advisor and a former board-level recruitment expert..


Director Pride of Reading Awards organiser, former Head of Communications, Reading Borough Council and Reading resident.

Hilary Scott

Executive secretary Freelance journalist, Pride of Reading/Thames Valley Hospitality Awards organiser, former deputy editor of Reading Post/getreading and Reading resident.


BDB Pitmans, Reading 



Gareth Paine, Woodley



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